Hall, Bernice Kingston

HALL, [Mr.] Bernice Kingston (1881-1938) was active in Toronto, Ont. from 1919 until 1926. He formed a partnership with Herbert G. Duerr in late 1919 and together they specialised in the design of movie theatres. Their best known work is the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton. Hall was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on 15 November 1881 and may have been educated in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 1917 he was recorded as a draftsman with the office of Ingham & Boyd, Architects of Pittsburgh. He left the United States in 1919 and moved to Toronto to join H.G. Duerr in a partnership. He left Canada in April 1926 and moved to Miami, Florida where he continued to practise as an architect (R.L. Polk, Miami City Directory, 1931, 364). One of his works there was the eclectic Moorish design fo the Olsen Residence, 57th Street, Miami (1933). Hall later died in Miami on 5 May 1938.


(works in Toronto unless noted)

KITCHENER, ONT., theatre for Independent Theatres of Ontario Ltd., King Street, 1919-20 (C.R., xxxiii, 24 Dec. 1919, 48)
OWEN SOUND, ONT., theater for Superior Theatres Ltd., 1920 (C.R., xxxiv, 8 Sept. 1920, 56)
SUDBURY, ONT., Regent Theatre, Elm Street, 1922 (Sudbury Star, 2 Sept. 1922, 2, illus.)
WESTON, ONT.[in West Toronto], The Weston Theatre, Main Street North, Weston, 1923 (C.R., xxxvii, 18 July 1923, 49)
MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING, College Street, 1923 (C.R., xxxvii, 1 Aug. 1923, 53)
HAMILTON, ONT., Tivoli Theatre, James Street North near Gore Street, 1924 (inf. Nina Chapple, City of Hamilton)
DANFORTH-COXWELL MARKET HALL, Danforth Avenue at Coxwell Avenue, 1924; demol. (C.R., xxxviii, 20 Feb. 1924, 185, illus. & descrip.)
YONGE STREET, near St. Clair Avenue, stores and offices for an unnamed client, 1924 (C.R., xxxviii, 27 Aug. 1924, 51)
HURON STREET, at Lowther Avenue, apartment house for an unnamed client, 1926 (C.R., xl, 21 July 1926, 54, xl)


MIAMI, FLA., residence for John O. Olsen, N.E. 57th Street, 1933 (Keith E. Soto, The Historic Houses of Morningside [Miami], 2016, 39, illus.)